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HHN '18: Employee Preview Night

Discussion in 'Halloween Horror Nights 2018' started by Brian G., Sep 12, 2018.

  1. ush.hacker

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    HI!
    So, as many of you know last night I attended employee preview night. It was a really fun night filled with a great atmosfear and loads of scares:chainsaw: Now to go into more detail....


    I talked to many people throughout the night and I constantly heard, "This is the best year of HHN EVER"
     
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  2. SpookySkeletini

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    It’s good to hear that HHN is apparently pretty great this year, and that’s only coming from EP! Imagine how good it’s gonna be when everything is officially ready!

    Hopefully black walls and repetitive scares will be a thing of the past and they’ll continue to do some more interesting stuff (like what they’re doing with Hell’s Harvest).
     
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    They have a new type of scare this year as well as many TV scares similar to HOB last year.
     
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    Hey guys, as some of you know I was at HHN EP last night and had a ton of fun! Some reviews may have rubbed off the wrong way but don't dismiss - you wont find a single "bad" house at the event! Mild spoilers ahead!


    Overall, it's an improvement from last year, but I wouldn't say it's the best year ever. A very solid year, and I can't wait to see all the kinks worked out.
     
  5. NuteGunrayWasFramed

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    How would you rank this year as opposed to others?
     
  6. Chris Galindo

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    I think '16 is the Gold Standard for me followed by 13'. I'd place it right next to '13 but not sure if I'd put it above.
     
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    This year is a big step in the right direction for Horror Nights
     
  8. rageofthegods

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    Explain TV scares?

    EDIT: for people who've been to the event...How many bed scares were there?
     
  9. DTH

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    Good mini reviews without spoiling too much!
     
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    never went to the event but 2
     
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    It bears repeating: Classic Monsters is really good. Huge cast, eerie score, exit scare zone makes for a great finale. A few too many black wall transitions but the sets that are there are stunning. Not sure why they emphasized Dracula on the key art, as he's... barely in the maze.
     
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    Darn, I predicted three!
     
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    I’m hearing a LOT of mixed reviews. “Good”, “Great”, “best year ever”, “okay year”....

    Whatever. I’m going to reserve my judgement and just have a good time.
     
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    ‘13 was a pretty bad year. Eeehhhh
     
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    I posted this in the general discussion thread, but I’ll repost it here. I’m honestly surprised by all the positive reviews I’ve been seeing. I’ve always been forgiving of the event, but this was the first year I was completely disappointed with it. Here’s the review:

    I love HHN and I get scared VERY easily, especially at HHN. I’ve always loved HHN, but this was the first year I was disappointed by HHN. I know this is only preview night and I’ve got tickets to come back in a few weeks, so I’m really hoping it improves by then.

    Here’s my spoiler free review:

    1. Poltergeist: Hands down my favorite maze. Pretty effects heavy and really brings the movie to life. The most traumatizing movie from my childhood did not disappoint as a maze.
    2. Stranger Things: Not even remotely scary, but man, is it absolutely gorgeous. The scale of some of it is super impressive. Possibly their best looking maze yet.
    3. Universal Monsters: Way more black walls than I would’ve liked, but what was there I loved. Some solid scares and some really beautiful sets. I headed there first as soon as it opened and we had to wait about 20 minutes because they weren’t ready for opening.
    4. Trick ‘r Treat: This is my favorite Halloween movie and it was so nice seeing it brought to life finally. Some nice scale to some of the scenes, but because of that it felt very short to me. It was also very light on any good scares.
    5. Halloween 4: Unfortunately, nothing really to write home about. It’s not bad exactly, just not nearly as strong as the last two Halloween mazes. Too much use of a certain effect. They use it at least three times in the maze and it’s overkill. Anyone who’s done it will probably know what I’m talking about.
    6. Horrors of Blumhouse Chapter 2:
    Better than I expected it to be. Didn’t scare me at all, but they got pretty creative with Truth or Dare and Unfriended. Some really nice looking sets. Honestly, I didn’t care a whole lot for the third act of it. I’m hoping I like it more my next time I go through.
    7. The First Purge: Hands down the worst maze I’ve ever been through at Horror Nights. Black walls galore. It must be about 40% black walls. Some nice “outdoor” environments, but none of the scares work at all and it’s just so ridiculously stale. Definitely skip this one.

    I didn’t bother with TWDA.

    I really liked the scarezones, with the exception of Toxxic Tunnel. The only thing I liked about it was that it eased up on the strobe lights so I could see where I was going. There was a medical emergency on our way back through the tunnel, so the lights were all on and we were stopped for a few minutes while they finished it up. Not sure what happened, but I hope everyone involved is okay.

    Overall, the scares this year were just creatively bankrupt. It’s the same poop as last year, with the overkill on the “pop out of a window in a black hallway” Exorcist scare. They also recycled the scare from Sinister where someone pops out of a screen with projection on it. I saw it on at least three different occasions. Just because a scare works well doesn’t mean you need to beat it to death. Poltergeist had my favorite scare of the night. I yelled and jumped and it hadn’t me on Edge the rest of the maze.

    Oh, and Terror Tram. I’m usually pretty lenient on the tram, and I enjoyed it. It’s really the same as it always is, but the props and costumes and makeup were really great. They also don’t touch on Hollywood Harry’s origin again at all, so if you didn’t see the tram a couple years ago, you won’t know who he is at all.

    EDIT: All these positive reviews make me think I’m crazy. It’s hyping me up for my return visit.
     
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    Also, we all have to take into account that it was a preview night and not the full event
     
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    I have a question for people who went to the event:

     
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    It's black walls with a lot of hanging bodies. It's only for the "sewer," then you're back into full sets.

    There's also a black wall bit right before you enter the zone with 3 monsters, and a bit at the beginning as you head to the angry villager mob.
     
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    I can’t believe how good Unfriended and Truth or Dare looked to be, from now on I’m just trusting whatever John does
     
  20. Fallow

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    Can someone direct me to these POVs? Can't find any on YouTube and there's a few things I'd like to eyeball...
     

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